Parents fight shooting range near Conn. school

Parents and school officials are opposing a shooting range planned near a Bridgeport elementary school. The Connecticut Post reported that many residents and officials who are worried about gang violence in Connecticut’s largest city welcome plans by the Police Department to spend up to $850,000 in federal money to add a state-of-the-art training facility and shooting range in an empty building. But Juan Torrealba, president of the parent advisory council at the Cesar Batalla Elementary School, told School Board members that a shooting range should not be placed across the street from a school. Member Maria Pereira said the Board of Education “should unite to block this firing range.” Superintendent Paul Vallas said, “I think there is plenty of room in the community for a shooting range that isn’t right next to a school.” he said.